Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper played a surprise role in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018.
A report from the Daily Mail claims that Cooper was tasked with keeping tabs on Colombia ahead of the two teams meeting in the last 16.
He was given the remit at the start of the tournament. When the possibility became a reality, Cooper was summoned to Russia to deliver a presentation to Southgate.
Martyn Margetson was the England goalkeeper coach at the time and worked with Cooper during his time at Swansea. He called the tactical detail in the presentation ‘incredible’ with no stone left unturned.
At the time, Cooper was working for the Football Association as the manager of the England under-17 team. He led them to World Cup glory and clearly, Southgate fancied him as a quality coach.
England drew 1-1 with Colombia. Yerry Mina equalised late on for the South American’s and the Three Lions later won on penalties, ending years of hurt from the penalty spot.
Cooper have revived the fortunes of Forest. He has overseen a run of form that has seen the Reds claim 60 points from 30 Championship outings.
His Forest team are currently fourth in the second tier and are firmly in the hunt to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
Forest are lucky to have Cooper
Getting the Welshman to take over at the City Ground has been nothing short of a stroke of genius.
He has transformed the club on the pitch, whilst the atmosphere in the stands is totally refreshing.
It’s nice for supporters to get to the business end of a campaign and be in contention for honours rather than scrapping for survival.
Cooper’s work at the World Cup in 2018 clearly paid off for England and the manager looks set for a very bright coaching career.